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'EPL goals scored (or even CL goals) would show if a striker is consistent around roughly consistent opposition.'
I don't feel there is a consistent level in the EPL, its a higer average level than some leagues, but the league itself is pretty inconsistent in terms or quality/ability. There is some truth in the old adage 'He never plays well against the good teams', if each team was much of a muchness, we wouldn't heard these or similar comments, would we?
fair comment. In any league you will have good/bad. But what I was getting at, is there isn't a league as such for internationals (although they have rankings), so a team, that is 100th often plays a team that is in the top 10.
A league with promotion/relegation attempts to get around that, by keeping a number of clubs that are on paper within 'n' on the ranking scale (ie league position) together.
Much the same really as most goal scoring records tend to split out goals in cup competitions - for one or two reasons that I can see. One is that you can't guarantee the opposition, so scoring a hat trick against a club 3 divisions below isn't quite the same as scoring a hat trick against a top 4 club. Secondly, it means you can't compare on 'seasons' as cup runs can mean what, 10-20 games more?
In general though people accept the 'top EPL goal scorer' charts - as it is a way to roughly judge how 'prolific' a striker has been.
I personally think that the EPL is a good league for how close the gap is between top and bottom teams - so is a fair'ish way to judge. My perception is that Spain seems to have a bigger gap between the big teams and the bottom (especially in goals scored last season)- so for a striker to get 40+ for RM or Barca, to me isn't the same as a striker getting the same number in the EPL.